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Department of Family Medicine, VCU Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Family Medicine and Population Health Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center

VCU Department of Family Medicine

Medical students

M3 clerkship

Medical students in a classroom with faculty physicianThe family medicine clerkship is a required course in which all third-year medical students complete a four-week rotation with a family physician. These rotations are designed to deepen students’ understanding of the academic and practical bases of family medicine through patient care in community settings. A hallmark of clerkship is our dedicated faculty, many of whom graduated from the VCU School of Medicine.

Goals and objectives

  • Develop the skills utilized by family physicians to deal with the bio-psycho-social problems of patients and their families.
  • Advance students’ knowledge in the management of common problems encountered in family medicine.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and communication skills with patients and staff.
  • Increase proficiency in history and physical exam skills during patient encounters.
  • Understand the use of the medical literature in patient care.
  • Recognize the role of family physicians as major health care providers for many parts of the U.S.